- Bloomtime: Early Spring
- Height: 4 – 8”
- Petal Shape/Habit: Slightly pointed petals, smaller blooms than a standard tulip
- Planting Depth: 2 – 4” below soil surface
- Planting Spacing: 3 – 4” or in small bouquets of 5 – 7 bulbs each
- Light Requirements: Full Sun is best, but one of the only tulips which tolerates some shade
- Hardy in Zones: 3 – 7
Sometimes referred to as “species tulips”, Botanical Tulips are the flowers which started it all! Found growing wild along woodland borders, these tulips were bred to create the varieties we all know and love today! Their small stature and brilliant colors have earned them the nickname “Jewels of the Garden” and make them great for planting along borders or in small groupings or bouquets throughout perennial gardens or even naturalized in a lawn. And the greatest feature about these little gems? Unlike their tulip relatives, most often times, deer leave them untouched! These tulips are also on the top of the list when it comes to perenializing 🙂
One of my personal favorite Botanical Tulips is the Persian Pearl and was recently introduced on Holland Bulb Farms. Its bright magenta petals are brilliantly offset by the cheery yellow center. I absolutely LOVE them when planted amongst early blooming daffodils or yellow tulips. They also work great when floated in a short vase to add a bit of spring to your kitchen or powder room!
For some more information on these little beauties, check out this article ABC News highlighted some of the great qualities of this tulip, too!